Wednesday, 15 May 2013

8 things to do in Bath for Free!

This weekend I was trapped in Bath for a few hours (that's the Roman city not the kind that you fill with water) between Daughter street dancing her way through a rehearsal and end of year Music Academy Show.

What can you do for free in Bath if you've got a few hours to spare?

1) Check out the Beazer Maze near the weir. I loved watching these little girls laughing and running wild.


2) Visit the Victoria Art Gallery. You have to pay to see some of the visiting exhibitions but the permanent galleries are free (donations welcome).


3) Bath Abbey is beautiful. Like the gallery, donations towards the upkeep are appreciated.


4) The Central Library is spacious with a large children's section, study area, reference section and lots of computers to use. My idea of hanging out here for an hour on Saturday and reading the newspaper, perusing a few magazines and doing some writing, was scuppered by the fact that everyone else seemed to have thought of doing the very same thing.



5) Look up above the shop fronts, take a stroll and enjoy the Georgian architecture.



6) Get some peace and quiet at the Botanical Gardens in Victoria Park. I spent some time communing with the squirrels and enjoying my picnic tea here.




7) The play area at Victoria Park is always popular with my kids and there's a great skate park for older kids and teenagers.


8) Bath's street entertainment is as good as anything you'll find in Covent Garden. I'm already a big fan of Ben Powell the guitarist, so it was a treat to find him playing outside the Roman Baths. And I couldn't help but think of my bloggy friends down-under when I saw the didgeridoo player. (N.B. As a fellow musician who's also hoping to busk in Bath this summer, I'm not advocating that you pass by these guys without giving what you can!)

 




Local readers, what have I missed? 

Not so local? What's your local town or city and what are the best things to do for free there?

16 comments:

  1. I love taking the boys into bath we often go for a day out there. Let me know when you are performing and where I would love to come and catch your performance xx xx xx

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    1. Will do! So far one date near Marlborough and three in Corsham after half term, but hoping to play in Bath in July.

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  2. That looks like such a charming town! And the garden area is stunning! I'm a huge fan of beautiful gardens. Here in Seattle we have a few really gorgeous gardens to visit. Our garden club makes a few local trips each summer.

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    1. Charming indeed. I love the Botanical Gardens - it's off the beaten track, so much quieter than the city centre and lots of interesting trees and plants.

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  3. What a lovely place. There isn't much of anything to enjoy around my town for free, but the beach is only a reasonably short drive away.

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    1. The beach is a couple of hours away from here. I grew up by the sea so I do miss it but being surrounded by beautiful countryside and having Bath close by makes up for it.

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  4. Wow, it all looks so lovely and lively, puts Sheffield City centre to shame! Weve only got drunks banging on drums (and doing it badly) as our street entertainers :o)

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    1. Bath is pretty lively all year round as it's on the tourist trail. Bath's very popular with street entertainers - probably a more favourable climate than Sheffield and always the tourists make an appreciative audience.

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  5. I visited Bath about six years ago and loved it :)

    Free attractions in Brisbane (for anyone who's interested) include museums and art galleries and a fake "beach" on the river.

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    1. Shame we weren't blogging 6 years ago - we could have met up! If I ever get to Brisbane I shall be interested to see the fake beach (and the other stuff too!)

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  6. I have a friend who is going to England this summer, including Bath, and I will pass this along to her.

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    1. I'm sure she'll want to do some of the not for free things too, but if she needs a breather from the crowds and queuing to get in to the Roman Baths etc, some of these free things are less busy and more tranquil!

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  7. What a beautiful city! I love historic places. Of course, here in Denver anything over 100 years old is "historic!" :-) Denver has lots of fun things to do for free... street festivals, parks, museums, libraries - but my favorite is the greenbelt. When the state of Colorado approved the state lottery, it was decided that the funds should be used for open space and parks. A big chunk of the funds have gone toward the "green belt" - the city, and the surrounding suburbs have bought up the land along all of the rivers and creeks and created a wonderful network of parks & open space, with bike path running along all of it. It's like a whole separate transportation system just for bikes. I love, Love, LOVE it and am soooo grateful to live here. Seriously, I can hop on the green belt about 5 blocks from my house, and then I've got hundreds of miles of bike path just waiting for me! It almost makes me want to buy a lottery ticket just to support the cause!

    BTW - I had a little "dyslexic moment" reading the title of this post, I thought it said "8 Things to do in THE Bath for Free." I was thinking "let's see... ummm... rubber ducky?" :-)

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    1. When I get short of ideas for blog posts maybe I'll run with the 8 things to in the bath for free idea!! That bike path sounds great. Even though we have a national cycle network over here much of it is on roads - I don't know of anywhere in the UK you could cycle for hundreds of miles on a separate bike path.

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  8. Really like your post - will you let us know when you are busking in Corsham? Until recently we went to the Fashion Museum in Bath for free with our National Trust membership. Sadly this pilot project with B&NES Council has now folded. REally like Victoria Art Gallery - the children's area upstairs is a great place to visit while waiting for the bus. Also keep meaning to go to the Holburne Museum as I believe it's now free (Just have to pay for the special exhibitions.)Also cheap eats and children's corner at the cafe at Manvers Street Baptist Church.

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    1. Thanks for those additions to the list - I've been the Holburne Museum and Manvers Street Baptist Church cafe and they're both great. Have never thought of going to the Fashion Museum, it would probably be more interesting than I imagine it would be.

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